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22 Kislev 5763 - November 27, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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HaRav Shmuel Amram zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In Bnei Brak on Sunday night the 6th of Kislev, HaRav Shmuel Amram, the principal of the kollel Nezer HaTorah Ohel Meir, passed away at the age of 75. He had long been an educator and teacher of Torah.

HaRav Amram grew up in Tel Aviv, in a house that was saturated with pure faith and love of Torah. His parents' home was a beacon of light to all who lived in its vicinity and it acted as a fortress against all the foreign winds that were blowing at that time and unfortunately did a great deal of damage.

HaRav Shmuel would often mention how fortunate he had been to have merited being in close contact with the gedolei hador such as the Chazon Ish, the Steipler and HaRav Shach, zt"l, amongst others.

Already in his youth HaRav Shmuel was active in spreading Torah and setting up yeshivas, especially for the Sephardim. In 1955 he established Yeshivat HaRambam and Beit Yosef in Tel Aviv, and in 1973 he established a yeshiva for the immigrants of Bucharia in Bnei Brak. He toiled for many years with great selflessness to draw youth closer to Torah and fear of G-d. Indeed he also served as the rav of the Beit Knesset for Bucharim in Bnei Brak and inspired his congregants with his weekly lectures.

For many years he was the principal of the talmud Torah and school of the Chinuch Atzmai, first in Ramat Hasharon and then in Hertzlia. With his many talents and unique personality he would not stand for any compromise and the institutions flourished under his care and guidance.

With the demise of his parents, together with his brother he established, according to the will of his mother, a kollel in their home. He worked tirelessly and selflessly to support the kollel, traveling abroad for extensive periods of time. Whenever he was abroad he would use the opportunity to encourage people in their service of Hashem and collecting money became of only secondary importance. Indeed he had unprecedented success and influenced many people to come closer to their Father in Heaven.

In his last years his pure faith in Hashem was even more apparent as he experienced terrible suffering and yet accepted it all with peace and love, never uttering a word of complaint.

He was eulogized by HaRav Yaakov Eidelstein the rov of Ramat Hasharon, his brother HaRav Yehuda who is the rosh kollel of Nezer HaTorah, HaRav Diskin, rosh yeshivas Orchos Torah and by his son-in-law Rav Zohar. They all stressed HaRav Shmuel's mesirut nefesh, love of Torah and unassuming manner.

He is survived by his wife who stood behind him with absolute selflessness all these years, and by his son, daughters and sons-in-law and their families who are all continuing in his way.


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